Politics

GOP Senate Candidate David Perdue Brags About Outsourcing U.S. Jobs Overseas

| by Michael Allen

David Perdue, a Republican businessman who is running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia against Democrat Michelle Nunn, has blamed the loss of jobs in the state on the Obama administration, but also bragged about outsourcing American jobs overseas for years.

When Purdue was the CEO of Pillowtex Corp., a North Carolina textile manufacturer, in 2002-03 he outsourced 7,600 manufacturing jobs overseas, reported Politico.com.

Purdue was asked about outsourcing jobs overseas in a July 2005 deposition about Pillowtex’s failure and stated, "Yeah, I spent most of my career doing that."

“[At] Kurt Salmon Associates, some of my experience there was helping footwear companies develop the ability to import shoes from Asia, specifically Taiwan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Malaysia,” Perdue added.

“Later with Haggar Corp., sorry, with Gitano and Sara Lee, having lived there, I lived in Singapore with Gitano and in Hong Kong with Sara Lee, sourcing was my primary responsibility in both of those locations,” stated Purdue.

Yesterday, Perdue said that he was proud of outsourcing American jobs overseas.

“Defend it? I’m proud of it,” stated Perdue, noted The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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“This is a part of American business, part of any business. Outsourcing is the procurement of products and services to help your business run. People do that all day,” added Perdue, who calls himself a "job creator."

“I think the issue that people get confused about is the loss of jobs,” said Perdue. “This is because of bad government policies: tax policy, regulation, even compliance requirements. It puts us at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world. Even today, right now this administration has policies going on that are decimating industries today.”

However, Perdue didn't mention specifically which pesky government regulations were "decimating industries."

U.S. business regulations span from worker safety to minimum wage and protecting the environment from poisonous pollution. As far as taxes, many billion-dollar corporations in the U.S. do not pay any, noted The Huffington Post and Forbes.

Sources: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Politico.com, The Huffington Post, Forbes (Image Credit: PalmettoCrescent)